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Phillips, Janet, Malcolm Park and Catherine Lorimer. 2007 ‘How many legal firearms are there in Australia?.’ Firearms in Australia: A Guide to Electronic Resources; Background Note No.1 (2007-08). Canberra: Parliamentary Library, Federal Parliament of Australia. 9 August

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How many legal firearms are there in Australia?

[A]ccording to recent firearms data from the AIC, there are currently about 2.5 million registered firearms in Australia belonging to 731,567 individual licence holders. This compares to nearly 2.2 million registered firearms and 764,518 licence holders in July 2001 (AIC, Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 230: Firearms theft in Australia)…

The numbers of registered firearms by type are not regularly published, but some rough estimates can be calculated using data from the AIC report Firearms Theft in Australia 2004-05…

[I]t is possible to estimate that in 2004-05 there were approximately 192,000 registered handguns in Australia…

[AIC = Australian Institute of Criminology]

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